This (free!) parenting class from Yale will help you eliminate friction in your house

By Lauren Steele

The past five months have brought families much closer—literally—in ways that have been both incredibly rewarding and incredibly trying. Kids have been taken out of their routines, their classrooms have closed, and their independence and freedoms have been restricted. Many parents, meanwhile, have found themselves juggling work, childcare, and remote education responsibilities all at the same time. It certainly hasn’t made for easy familial relationships.

Fortunately, Yale University has an online course ready to come to the rescue.

Created by Dr. Alan E. Kazdin, a pEveryday Parenting” is designed to give parents and caregivers of kids of any age (from preschool to teens) a toolkit of techniques to make life at home a little smoother.

Over 25 years, the center has worked with some 5,000 parents to address a variety of behavioral challenges. Kazdin has drawn from that expertise to create this step-by-step program, which covers everything from the particular way to praise a child to get them to

The course is available on Coursera, making it easy to access (and free to audit). It’s organized in a modular structure, so you can take the classes—which incorporate videos, readings, and quizzes—at your own pace.

Kazdin wants people to know that “Everyday Parenting” isn’t only for parents who are at their wits’ end. It’s for anyone who wants to improve their relationships with their children. At a time when frustrations at home can go from simmer to full boil in a matter of minutes—and can throw an entire school or workday off the rails—eliminating even the smallest points of friction can be “a revelation,” according to an FC editor who is taking the class


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